Posted by ray on July 19, 2012 at 18:07:52
In Reply to: Re: New article from the UK on Juliana Buhring's bike around the world posted by Perry on July 10, 2012 at 17:06:31:
i'm not sure i concur w/ juliana's definition of "christian group", but from my experience tfi has decided to cut the cords of control, w/ the possible exception of the very inner circle. i also believe that there are some fg's that are so habituated that they need no chains of control... they are so rewired that it is difficult to envision them ever being able to think critically about the overall history of the group. perhaps, perry, you are speaking hyperbolically (as i have been known to do on occasion) but personally i think "ever believe anything" might be a bit further than is necessary. i have some dialogue w/ some true believers (the "mama" types... yikes, that is so hard to handle), and even they are willing to rethink some issues, theology etc. but if the news story is correct, julianna's experience jives w/ mine vis a vis the control issues. i suppose i could be gullible on that, but all evidence i've personally witnessed tells me p/m made a calculated decision, not altruistically, but simply from their own self interest, to no longer want any responsibility for the fallout from the group's history. cost/benefit analysis. imo.
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